According to Sciencedaily when you sit down to watch a new flick, whether you enjoy the movie may depend on the person sitting next to you. The research indicated that the type of co-viewer and their interactions with the content also created unpleasant experiences. I remember going to watch a movie with my parents and every now and then I would look over to see if they were enjoying it, if I felt they were getting bored I suddenly started to get irritated with the long windedness of the movie. Afterwards I hadn’t really enjoyed the movie, even though watching it again (alone) a year later I thought it was great but, because of the negative experience I had during the movie with my parents, I labeled the movie as being boring and uncreative.
Similarly, if I had to watch a romantic comedy with my boyfriend, who I know hates those types of movies, the experience would most definitely not be very enjoyable, because I would constantly be aware of his discomfort and impatience.
So, the next time you decide on a movie keep in mind the person who will be sitting next to you, he/she might have an effect on how pleasurable your viewing experience will be.